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Published on February 4th, 2007 | by Chris

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WarGames (1983)

Review of: WarGames (1983)

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Quite possibly the first "hacker" movie of our times, WarGames shows us what can happen when we put our trust in these new-fangled computing machinery thingies, and then give them the power to destroy the planet

WarGames (1983)Quite possibly the first "hacker" movie of our times, WarGames shows us what can happen when we put our trust in these new-fangled computing machinery thingies, and then give them the power to destroy the planet.

OK, so maybe thats overstating things a bit.  WarGames is still a fun romp through the world of computer-hackery and cold war missile command tension.

The general premise is this:  SAC has turned over launch control of our nations thousands of nuclear ICBMs to a mainframe computer named WOPR (War Operations Plan Response if memory serves) and out of the thinking hands of the launch crews.  WOPR can instantly calculate the outcome of just about any scenario given to it.

Of course its stumbled upon quite accidentally by the young David Lightman, who was war dialing to find some software company's new games.  He and his "little friend" Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) figure out the backdoor password, and begin their relationship with the system known as "Joshua."

They start playing what they think is an innocent game of Global Thermonuclear War, when in actuality they are putting the WOPR into an operational state, sending NORAD into a panic.

Hilarity ensues.  This leads to that etc. and so forth, and "Joshua" keeps playing the game without them, and locking out all control of the missiles.  They track down the author of the system, one Dr. Stephen Falken, and they all wind up back at NORAD to help Joshua figure out that its all quite pointless.

OK, sure as a war movie its a bit of a stretch, I'll admit.  There's lots of ICBM talk, lovely strategic computer displays and lots of angry older guys in blue suits with stars on their epaulets.  But its still fun.  And from the "hacker" standpoint it still holds a lot of truths about computer security and stuff like social engineering and whatnot....  Good for a big bowl of popcorn any time in my book.

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Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) star in this compelling drama filled with action, suspense and high-tech adventures! Featuring superb performances by Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin, WarGames is "brilliant...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Brand: BRODERICK,MATTHEW
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Ally Sheedy
  • John Wood
  • Dabney Coleman
  • Barry Corbin

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic movie that should be in your home library!, February 14, 2017
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Susan Scanlon (Jacksonville, FL) - See all my reviews
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This movie is a classic that can be watched over and over again. There's an appeal to us who remember our first PC with its floppy disks and Atari-like graphics. We also remember the Cold War. Although today's younger generation might laugh at the seemingly "old fashioned" technology and perhaps not understand that there was a day when the Soviet Union was a threat (some may not even know what the "Soviet Union" was), the plot and storyline are timeless and the characters lovable. This 25th Anniversary Edition contains some wonderful Special Features especially the making of the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where we haven't gone, August 1, 2017
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This review is from: WarGames [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The original, worth keeping my VCRs going. This film may seem quaint today, but I prefer it to the remake. It is an original. Plus it features two stars just starting out, Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. This was released on VHS in1983, and besides watching the stars grow up and move on, I, like so many others are surprised and disappointed to find that after forty years, we've not moved much involving macro technology. I purchased this 'Used. Very good'. The only thing missing is the plastic wrapper. Thanks Amazon, this is in excellent condition, even the case. Well worth it, even if it didn't qualify for prime (LOL).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film and a very good Blu-ray version that is ..., July 12, 2017
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Really effective film for all ages. The wicked computer system takes over the Defense Department and threatens to start World War III. Still a relevant concept, though we hear it more with robots than computers. Very good film and a very good Blu-ray version that is markedly better than other versions. Hard to believe that the film is as old as it is (whatever happened to Ally Sheedy?) but it is.
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